Broken Records, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Son of Pedro (4 stars)

Broken Records

Broken Records / Picture: Nic Rue

The Mill, Oran Mor, Glasgow, 27 Aug 2009

With the free tickets long gone, it's a busy night at Oran Mor to see four of Scotland's most promising young acts. Well, three of them. For sadly, due to unforeseen illness, the sweet melodies of Sparrow and the Workshop are missing from the line-up.

It's hard to complain though, with the double whammy of epic celtic rock, WWPJ and Broken Records topping the bill, though we do have to contend with Some Young Pedro first.

Their distorted vision yearns for Mogwai type ringing soundscapes mixed with Pavement's complex indie. It results in neither unfortunately, with a messy if earnest performance that puts into context just how good the next act are.

We Were Promised Jetpacks are just about to tour the USA with FatCat label-mates Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, and if they put on a performance as confident and assured as this, America may have a new favourite band.

Equally exciting too are Broken Records, who seem at home in the more intimate underground settings of Oran Mor. Their soaring take on strings, horns and guitars excels on 'Nearly Home'. And who doesn't feel something when those drums kick in?

The faster songs soon come in though, as emotions gave way for movement, and a band give their all to a group of people who have paid nothing. Some bands are good like that.

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